Save the Connecticut River:
New Opportunity to Speak Up on Relicensing

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News Article, Recorder, 01/21/2022

 

Greening Greenfield would like as many people as possible to be involved in the relicensing effort, making local voices heard about the health of our river.

 

FirstLight Power operates interrelated hydroelectric projects on the Connecticut River that are currently up for relicensing.  These hydro projects include

  • Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Facility
  • The "impoundment area" - the 20 miles of CT River above the Turners Falls Dam, from Barton Cove to Vernon, VT
  • Turners Falls Dam itself
  • Station One - a tiny power generating plant, and
  • Cabot Station 

Upstream dams in VT & NH are not covered here, but we urge you to learn about other relicensing projects from other sources, such as the Connecticut River Conservancy and Great River Hydro.

 

                                                                            CT River cropped                                                                                

Go to:

TAKE ACTION for

  • A description of our current ACTION ITEM: write EEA* requesting robust public hearings on FirstLight's application for a Water Quality Certificate
  • Sample letters
  • Names and addresses 

 

Go to:

LEARN MORE for background information including:

  • Players
  • Process
  • Pumped storage: purpose and problems
  • Recording of our 1/24/22 online Call to Action, when available
  • Links to other sources of information

Greening Greenfield is currently focusing on the PROCESS of relicensing, and urges you to contact other sources for more information about the technical aspects of river flow, erosion, fish habitat, recreation, and more, including

The Connecticut River Conservancy hydro pages

Karl Meyer's Blog

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*Acronyms 

CRC - Connecticut River Conservancy

DEP or MassDEP - Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

EEA / EOEEA - Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

EIS - Environmental Impact Statement

FERC - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FL - FirstLight Power

GG - Greening Greenfield

MEPA - Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

REA - Ready for Environmental Analysis

TF - Turners Falls

WQC - Water Quality Certificate

 

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